PASTORMIKE7's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PASTORMIKE7 PASTORMIKE7's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Why I Preach the Cross http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330961 “We preach Christ crucified” (1 Cor. 1:23). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:17–23; 2:1–5 <BR> <BR> There are so-called experts today in the field of religious authority who believe that the day of preaching is gone. The sermon is looked upon as an uninterrupted and unchallenged monologue, and this is the day of the dialogue, we are told. To live and prosper in this day, some say we must swing our emphasis from preaching to ministry. <BR> I say we must have both, for preaching a... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 20:32:42 EST The Man Who Loses the Battle of Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322052 “And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: when I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it” (Josh. 7:20–21). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: Joshua 7:1–26 <BR> <BR> The arrival of Israel in the Promised Lan... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 18:29:21 EST The Lord Needs You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315104 “The Lord hath need of them” (Matt. 21:3). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:1–11 <BR> <BR> The last several decades have witnessed a steady succession of public demonstrations for special causes. A nonviolent demonstration in Montgomery, Alabama, in the mid-1950s began the civil rights movement and started Martin Luther King Jr., on a spectacular career as the movement’s leader. In more recent times, protests associated with the Occupy movement have sprung up in cities all across the... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 21:25:03 EST The Sunday after Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314984 “And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God” (John 20:26–28). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: John 20:19–29 <BR> <BR> A minister once suggested to his mu... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 19:24:58 EST When People Listen to God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313005 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes” (Isa. 61:1–3). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: Isaiah 61:1–11 <B... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 20:26:50 EST When God Turns His Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311893 “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isa. 59:1–2). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: Isaiah 59:1–20 <BR> <BR> All of us are prone to complain and quick to feel mistreated. There are times when even God does not act to suit us. Sometimes we get the idea that if we have led average, respectable lives, G... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 20:39:55 EST While Men Were Busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310623 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isa. 53:6). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: Isaiah 52:14–53:12 <BR> <BR> What are the one hundred most important historical events? More than a half century ago, Grosset and Dunlap, in order to publicize a new history book, asked a group of twenty-eight journalists, educators, and historians to list what they considered to be the one hundred most crucial events i... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 20:42:34 EST The Empty Man http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309396 “Such a person feeds on ashes; a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, ‘Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?’&#8201;” (Isa. 44:20 NIV). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: Isaiah 44:1–20 <BR> <BR> Despite the economic downturn in recent years, our society remains relatively affluent. We have more of everything, and everything we have is bigger and better. Yet amid the fullness of prosperity walk multitudes of empty people. We have learned to live behind a glossy, success... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 21:18:05 EST The Good News Concerning God’s Present Activity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308887 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:12–16 <BR> <BR> When Paul wrote to the Christians in Corinth, he gave them a statement of the good news about God in capsule form. He described this good news as being centered in the death of Jesus Christ for our sins according to the Scriptures, and he explained that Jesus was buried and then arose on the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Cor. 15... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 12:43:37 EST Belonging to God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251476 “But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine” (Isa. 43:1). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: Isaiah 43:1–24 <BR> <BR> The loneliest people in the world are those who do not feel they belong to anyone or anything. This kind of solitary loneliness can be felt even in the midst of a great crowd. You can rub shoulders with people all day long and still feel alone unless yo... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 10:54:47 EST A Goose in the Chicken Coup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245122 “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14). <BR> <BR> Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher, told a story about a goose who was wounded and landed in a barnyard with some chickens. He played with the chickens and ate with the chickens. After a while, that goose thought he was a chicken. <BR> <BR> One day a gaggle of geese flew overhead, migrating home. They gave a honk up in the sky, and the barnyard goose heard it. <BR> <BR> Kierkegaard sa... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 13:17:22 EST He Only Had Eyes for God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244448 “But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, hardly noticed—he only had eyes for God!” (Acts 7:55 The Message). <BR> <BR> It is one of the great, dramatic moments in Scripture—Stephen giving his defense before the High Court of Israel. His presentation was masterful and respectful. His recall of history was exact and compelling. The case he presented was flawless and clear. <BR> <BR> But as he spoke he saw the smug indifference etched deep into the faces of his judges. Their hearts were hardened ... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 21:34:47 EST The Good News about Heaven http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237933 “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Rev. 21:2). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: Revelation 21:1–4 <BR> <BR> Most of us do not spend very much time giving consideration to life beyond this life on earth. Perhaps this is because all of our treasures are in this world and we are living as if we are creatures of one world. <BR> Jesus warned his disciples against the peril of investing their time, talents, a... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 22:25:14 EST The Good News of Divine Sonship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236379 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: John 3:1–15 <BR> <BR> John, the beloved apostle, rejoiced over the good news of God’s love for people as revealed in their obtaining divine sonship as a present possession. He saw this assurance of divine sonship as one of the expressions of God’s great love for sinners (1 Jo... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 23:04:47 EST Everything Is Going to Be All Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230793 “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins” (Isa. 40:1–2). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: Isaiah 40:1–24 <BR> <BR> A husband stands facing his wife. He remembers the day she broke his heart by running away with another man. He remembers the day he read of her indictment in the paper after she unwittingly ... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 20:46:24 EST The Way to Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226787 “A highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it” (Isa. 35:8 NIV). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: Isaiah 35:1–10 <BR> <BR> We live in a time of highway projects and road building. Turnpikes and freeways are springing up across the land. Bridges are being built over rivers and tunnels underneath. Yet none compare in importance to the “Way of Holiness” described by... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 09:24:47 EST Bypassing God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218955 “But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line.&#8201;.&#8201;.&#8201;. Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement .&#8201;.&#8201;. for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundati... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 17:19:04 EST What Is There to Talk About? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214292 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: Isaiah 1:1–18 <BR> <BR> The first chapter of the prophecy of Isaiah calls our attention to a much needed discussion. That this is a high-level discussion is seen from the fact that it involves God himself. The Bible indicates that some people have been allowed to reason with ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 12:44:19 EST The Good News Concerning the Judgment Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212860 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Rom. 5:1–2). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: Daniel 7:9–10 <BR> <BR> Both the Old and the New Testaments tell us that there will come a time when each person will stand before God to give an account for the life that he or she lived. <BR> If we believe in the truth of the Word of God, we must ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 10:57:43 EST Walking with God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203697 “O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord” <BR> (Isa. 2:5). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: Isaiah 2:1–22 <BR> <BR> Aaron Burr had the ability and the opportunity to rise high in the political life of his country. Historians say that his ambition, coupled with his inability to meet opposition, was his ruin. Following an illustrious career in the Continental army, he became one of the leading lawyers in New York State. At one time he was a candidate for the presidenc... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 13:54:17 EST The Good News Concerning Forgiveness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199316 “Be generous to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you” (Eph. 4:32 NEB). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: Isaiah 55:6–9 <BR> <BR> The blog for today has your address on it, and it is marked “Personal.” This is true because “all we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isa. 53:6). Paul stated it clearly: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 19:13:25 EST Who Will Go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192452 “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” (Isa. 6:8). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: Isaiah 6:1–11 <BR> <BR> The adventures of Robinson Crusoe have long captivated the hearts of readers. Perhaps it is because everyone has at one time or another dreamed of being stranded on some island paradise. Robinson Crusoe, a master of resourcefulness, set about to provide himself with food and shelter to sustain life. He trapped goats until he had his own he... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 00:18:53 EST The God of Good News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187148 “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:14–15). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: Luke 15:11–24 <BR> <BR> We live in a world where people are accustomed to hearing bad news. The front pages of our newspapers are filled with the accounts of tragedies that produce suffering for individuals, families, and whole nations.... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 22:22:07 EST The God Who Gives Himself Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177367 “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found of you,” says the Lord.” (Jer. 29:13-14, New American Standard). <BR> <BR> You ever play hide‘n seek when you were a kid? Sure you did. Did you ever hide so good that nobody could find you? Perhaps. If so, let me ask you this - after awhile, did you get tired of hiding? What did you do to get caught? <BR> You clear your throat at the appropriate moment, or click your tongue, or fake a cough? Did yo... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 07:14:10 EST A Wise Man’s Gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167678 “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh” (Matt. 2:11). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:1-12 <BR> <BR> What is Christmas giving? It is giving something you probably like but which the receiver could care less about. It is the December 26 grand fruit basket turnover as people rush back to the stores... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 22:42:34 EST Putting Christ into Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158640 “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: Luke 2:8-12 <BR> <BR> If we were to place a citizen of a third world country in one of our busy shopping malls during the Christmas season and he were to see the hustle and bustle of the crowds, what would be his impression of the meaning o... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 21:37:13 EST What Is Christmas? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157622 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men in whom he is well pleased” (Luke 2:14 RSV). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: Luke 2:1-20 <BR> <BR> Some things we accept by tradition and never question. The happy Christmas season we accept with never a question as to what it really is all about. “Well, it is a time of happiness and family fun,” we say. Yes, it is a time for Christmas trees, the wide-eyed looks of children as they contemplate the visit of Santa Claus, the pleasant aro... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 22:29:04 EST When the Chips are Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154021 “Did you teach hawks to fly south for the winter?” (Job. 39:26) <BR> <BR> There once was a bird that lived in Canada. One winter he announced to the other birds, “I’m not flying south for the winter. I’m staying right here!” All the other birds said he was crazy, but he answered, “You’re the ones that are crazy. You’ll get down south, turn around and fly right back up here again next year. What’s the point?!” <BR> <BR> The other birds shook their heads, shrugged their shoulders, and took to... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 21:30:18 EST Heavenly Minded While Still on Earth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153681 “And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.” (Rev. 21:16) <BR> <BR> John the Revelator saw the Blessed City, and his inspiring description stirs our deepest longings and highest hopes. For there, in that Exalted Place, the Lord answers the human cry for equality. <BR> <BR> There are no districts in heaven — up town, down town; urban, sub... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 14:56:37 EST The Power of a Thankful Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153673 “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” (Col. 2:6-7) <BR> <BR> Several extraordinary things happen to us when we purpose to always be thankful. <BR> <BR> First – the power of a thankful heart keeps you from the destructive influence of bitterness, for it lifts you to a higher perspective and lets you see things from God’s point of view. Yes, pe... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 14:44:18 EST Staring at What Isn’t There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153661 Be anxious about nothing…” (Phil. 4:6, The Living Bible) <BR> <BR> The word nothing means “something that does not exist.” The word anxious means “to be troubled with care; to concentrate one’s thoughts upon something in a fretful manner.” Could anything be more incongruous than a person focusing all their fretful thoughts upon something that doesn’t even exist? <BR> <BR> Yet people do it everyday, almost all day long. <BR> from the present, their eyes somewhat glazed with vacancy, they dis... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 14:32:09 EST Two Thieves in the Palace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153651 “Let not your heart be troubled; neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27) <BR> are two thieves waiting to ransack your life. These unscrupulous scoundrels will seize upon any opportunity they find, and once given access into the unsuspecting soul they will trash the palace with utter disregard to the value of its priceless treasures. Their names are Hurry and Worry. <BR> <BR> “Let not your heart be troubled,” Jesus said. The word he used means to be agitated like boiling water. In other word... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 14:21:13 EST The Voice in the Crowd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151531 “Wisdom shouts in the streets wherever crowds gather.” (Prov. 1:20, Contemporary English Version) <BR> <BR> You know that God wants to talk to you? Even in the midst of a thousand different distractions, there is one Voice that can always be heard-but only by those who want to hear. It is the voice of Wisdom. <BR> <BR> “Wisdom goes out in the street and shouts. At the town center she makes her speech. In the middle of the traffic she takes her stand. At the busiest corner she calls out: ‘Si... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:37:20 EST Breaking Free from Lesser Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149922 “I am doing a great work…” (Neh. 6:3) <BR> <BR> There are many people who meander through life as though it were a flea market, browsing the bins for the deal of a lifetime, but only coming home with someone else’s junk. Others are a bit more like the crazy rabbit in Alice’s Wonderland, always on the go for something that is always somewhere else; and never getting there. <BR> <BR> Some people sit in the stands and watch others play the game, and reassure themselves that they could do that ... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 21:02:59 EST Shake Well Before Using http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147690 “God tested us thoroughly to make sure we were qualified to be trusted with this Message.” (1Thess. 2:3, The Message) <BR> <BR> Someone once said, “God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called.” And the process of qualification can be quite exasperating, for it essentially involves the full execution of selfish desires, impure motives, hidden agendas, deceitful practices, vain ambitions, and, uh-let’s see-oh yeah, greed, lust, and anger. And a whole bunch of other things, too. Did... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 21:53:41 EST The Distant Lights of a Great City http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144281 “A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matt. 5:14). <BR> <BR> Stand with me for a moment on this precipice as we look across a vast valley to a distant City on a Hill. It’s twilight time, and the lights of the City fill the evening sky. What we do not know from here is that we are not looking at one City, but actually Five. The combined glow of their united lights look as though it is one great city in the distance. <BR> <BR> The five magnificent municipalities we see filling the distant ... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 13:35:43 EST When Evil Increases DO GOOD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143754 “And because iniquity will abound, the love of many will become cold.” (Matt. 24:12) <BR> <BR> Jesus foretold of a coming day of great darkness; a time when evil would be so prevalent that it would cause many to harden their hearts and grow cold and distant in their affection for others. I’m not saying that Day has come, but we certainly are living in Times that try men’s souls. <BR> <BR> There is an undeniable increase of wickedness in all quarters-political, industrial, religious, educati... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 21:33:10 EST When You Can’t Go Back MOVE FORWARD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142916 “One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:13-14) <BR> <BR> Have you ever seen those Tractor Pull competitions on ESPN? The further the tractor moves down the track, the heavier the weight becomes on the rig that is dragging behind it. <BR> <BR> There are a lot of people whose lives are like that. Holding on to stuff in their past, o... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 21:29:12 EST When Everything is Going Down LOOK UP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140902 “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” (Ps. 5:3) <BR> <BR> You know the routine-it happens every morning. First, you wake up. Next, you get up. Why not go ahead and finish the process and LOOK UP. That’s the best way to begin a day. Especially if things around you are on a downward spiral. You can look up when things are going down. Furthermore, you must. <BR> <BR> It is a proven fact that a person will head in ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:10:56 EST Deep Calls Unto Deep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139824 “You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.” (Ps. 27:8, English Standard Version) <BR> <BR> The New Living Translations says, “My heart has heard You say, “Come and talk with Me.” And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.” There is an old saying, “Deep calleth unto deep.” It suggests that something deep within us is ever hungering after, and always listening for that Voice that gives us life. <BR> <BR> This aptly fits many of us today who remember the... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 22:37:03 EST The One Weapon Satan Fears the Most http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139516 “The weapons we use in our fight are not the world’s weapons but God’s powerful weapons, which we use to destroy strongholds.” (2Cor. 10:4, Good New Bible) <BR> <BR> We have an arsenal not made by human hands, but is stocked full with the powerful weapons fashioned by God Himself. They aren’t for marketing or manipulation of any sort, but are specifically designed to demolish demonic strongholds-putting down every false argument raised against Truth. These weapons have the power of God to de... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 17:18:23 EST Invited into the King’s Presence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139378 “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.” (Ps. 27:4) <BR> <BR> An invitation has been extended from the High Court of Heaven. It was not sent out to a select few, but was posted for all who hunger for something higher, something better, something more real than the hoopla and hullabaloo of the world’s surface traffic. <BR> <BR> We have been... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 14:04:41 EST Destined for the Throne! (Part 3 of 3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138373 “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” (Rev. 3:21) <BR> <BR> Three things happen as we pray. First, we become friends with God. Second, we work together with God bringing His will to Earth. And, third, we are being prepared for Eternity. In other words-we are destined for the Throne! <BR> <BR> One thing is certain about Heaven-we will not sit around on fluffy clouds strumming harps and eating ... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 12:16:42 EST Working Together with God in this World (Part 2 of 3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137850 “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as in heaven.” (Luke 11:2) <BR> <BR> Three things happen as we pray. First, which we looked at yesterday, is that we have fellowship with God. The second thing that happens is that we cooperate in bringing God’s Kingdom to Earth. <BR> <BR> What exactly does this mean? Simply stated, it means doing our part to see God’s will happen in our sphere of influence. <BR> <BR> Practically speaking, it means you should never pray a prayer that is not alre... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 20:53:55 EST Experiencing Friendship with Almighty God (Part 1 of 3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137302 “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.” (Psa. 27:4) <BR> <BR> Three things happen as we pray. First, we become friends with Almighty God. <BR> <BR> I’m talking about real friendship; not some imaginary exercise of reciting religious phrases toward some divine place in the sky. No. David said we would behold the beauty of the Lord, and inq... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 10:16:58 EST God Chooses to Bless http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134272 “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Gen. 12:1-3). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: Genesis 12 <BR> <BR> Does God have a purpose for the in... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 16:56:36 EST The Church and Its Special Problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126300 “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses” (1 Tim. 6:11-12 NIV). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 6:1-21 <BR> <BR> The church in Ephesus, like the church where you worship, had its problems. As long as we are in this body and as long as the devil seeks the d... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 15:06:07 EST The Church and Its Worship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123708 “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour” (1 Tim. 2:1-3). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-15 <BR> <BR> Worship is the dynamic of the church. It is in the act of meeting God in Christian worship that the believer is emp... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 14:49:36 EST What Makes a Nation Great? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122603 “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov. 14:34). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: Proverbs 14:12-34 <BR> <BR> The United States of America is a great nation. We have been preserved these many years by God. We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power. America has a surplus of the necessities of life and offers the freedom of opportunity. Truly we are a God-blessed nation. What has made America great? <BR> <BR> 1) A nation becomes great when that nation has t... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 14:59:03 EST The Church and Its Pastoral Ministry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116132 “Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee” (1 Tim. 4:15-16). <BR> <BR> Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 4-5 <BR> <BR> Paul has given instructions to Timothy concerning the various offices of the church. Now he gives him instructions concerning the pastor and his pastoral ministry. In the first place, he dis... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 22:27:50 EST